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As much as I make fun of the Ritz in all of my previous trip reports, it is still not my kind of place. The villa was spectacular and easily gave the six of us our space! It was absolutely wonderful that my brother Pete and his wife Mary Kay asked us to join them! It is the gesture that I will never forget having my boss tell me that he wanted me to go, even after being off for 5 weeks after the hip surgery!
The staff at the Ritz is extraordinary! They never forgot a name and accommodated any request with a smile on their face. But fighting for lounge chairs and having people sitting on top of you either at the pool or beach is not for me!
THE single comment that made me realize that I was in the wrong place was when a guy there on a business trip came out to his girlfriend at the pool and told her “The guys are saying that none of their wives want to sit next to my smoking hot girlfriend because they will not feel pretty!” I almost threw up because I saw some great looking wives of his colleagues!
Kay and I just looked at each other with a “did he really just say that” look on our faces!
But I am honored that they still named a special place for me near the pool even after all my complaints…
That is my story and I’m sticking to it!!
great report and pictures….so what did your brother think of GC..would he go back?
He thought the prices were outrageous Shelly. He said if it wasn’t for that he really liked it down there. He enjoyed the restaurants and he bought a lot of shirts and souvenirs. We talked about renting condos at Plantana in 2015 and bring all three of our families down (I have another brother) but I really think it’s just going to be Deb, the kids and me from now on. He has a place on Marco Island and I think that’s where he will be in the future. He can get a case of Coors Light for about $18 at home – the $39.99 in GCM killed him!
The prices are a killer-you just can’t think about them too much. But glad that he liked it and it looks like you all had a wonderful time together.
Thanks for the great report!
Excellent report/photos Mike. Thank you for sharing.
You are welcome Joe. It is always a highlight of the trip! We didn’t do as much this trip but we got to spend 7 days in heaven!!
Thank you for sharing your vacation! It is definitely on our bucket list to get down there and enjoy all the things we see in the different trip reports. It’s nice to see all those smiling faces!
You’re welcome Sean. I hope you make it down there!
Just received a CD from Ed & Eileen with some of their pics from the trip so I thought I would add them in! The Wharf, Bar Jack, Duke’s and wave runners.
Calypso Grill and Hell – it seems a shame to put them in the same sentence!!
what a happy group !!!!!
Great photos! Thank you for sharing…
You’re welcome Maddie! We are heading back in April and cannot wait! :jump: